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Hardware News   Hardware News : Troika NG Progress Report
   posted by Troika on 26-May-2006 2:36:43 (28920 reads)
We thought a progress report was in order as we have some very good news. After much development we are happy to report that version 1.4 of Amy'05 is nearly complete. Our next progress report will contain lots of information about Amy, along with the much awaited Photo's!

For many of the first adopters of Eyetech Amiga One models, their needs and wants have grown past the specifications of the machines they are currently using and they wish to upgrade to a more modern motherboard design.


Our original intent with project “Prometheus” was to design and build several low cost lines of motherboards, built on proven technology. The Amy’05 design would be followed by a more powerful design. When we designed Amy’05 we did not envisage the changes that have taken place in the Power PC market, most notable, Apple's shift from PowerPC to Intel that has presented both problems as well as opportunities for Troika.

While developing Amy’05 we have been investigating several good opportunities for the existing Amiga user base. We have found others with similar business interests to ours, from which we were able to form new alliances which has allowed us to begin due diligence procedures for purchasing a design of a higher end motherboard. Acquiring the rights to this motherboard will allow us to bring a higher end board to market far quicker than if we were to design one from the ground up. Also, by forming new alliances we will be able to bring the per unit cost of this motherboard down - a saving that we wish to pass on to you.

We would like to show you photographs of our higher end motherboard but our NDA does not permit this. However, we are able to show you pictures that have been cropped to conceal the board’s identity.

Provided we are able to do this, we plan on offering this higher end motherboard as a compliment to our first line of Amy motherboards.

We have been down this road before, with announcements based on assurances from third parties who have failed to deliver. Amy’05 has encountered problems but they are all in the past.

Between now and then we shall post regular progress reports, instead of intermittent press releases and promises.

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Thanks for the update & I look forward to more information, best of luck.

Hope we get to see these new boards a Amiwest in October this year.


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So...ACK has given pricing on a 'higher end board,' although I don't care for literally everything to be on PCI in that case.

What is the main difference versus your 'higher end board'- availability, pricing, specs, features onboard, etc?

Looking forward to seeing a pic of Amy..


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I dont want to see any pics or partial pics as it were. What we need to see is working prototype or all is talk and vapor..

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deleted whole post since it could be mis-interpreted.

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GREEEAAATTT!!!

TSI-109... DDR2, PCI-X and support for Dual 7448 CPUs - great!!

I'am looking forward to this product and at the moment it looks far better than the ACK Product... it would be nice if this board supports the MegArray connector


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Nice one Troika.

What size board is the high end MoBo ?

Definately want to upgrade from my XE. Hopefully it wont be long now.


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Finally an update! Thanks, it sounds interesting. I hope to read more information soon.


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Nice to see a bit of friendly competition! let's see who gets to release their board first.

Hmmm, two sets of OS4-capable hardware progress reports within a few hours of each other. Bbrv blog post in 3... 2... 1...

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Noticed the pulse GE and a google around leads you to this.

http://www.vadatech.com/products/pmc710/pmc710-a.pdf

could it be based on this ?

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If you do a google with "7448 Tsi-109", you get
lots of interesting stuff to read, nice.

@Troika

Thanks for the progress reports.


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Hmmm, two sets of OS4-capable hardware progress reports within a few hours of each other.


Which is very suspicious.I hope to mistake me but it seems that this announcement is an attempt to compete with ACK (wich maybe is also vaporware) with vaporware and keep the interest of amy05


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@JurassicC,

hehe, came to the same conclusion myself Looks cool anyway. And available Jun/Jul 2006.


Great news! But please HURRY!

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@realize
Quote:
What we need to see is working prototype or all is talk and vapor..


Can't agree more. The whole news item could have been summarized in 1-2 sentences without skipping any content.

Quote:
After much development we are happy to report that version 1.4 of Amy'05 is nearly complete.


So after all still not even a prototype? Otherwise I am sure you would have shown us some photos. I see, you just announced them for the next announcement.

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Words are cheap.
Without delivery of any hw yet, credibility is a scarce good.


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Even if they are/were/are not vapourware, competition is a good thing in that it will urge at least one of the parties that have offered us a solution an incentive to get a move on.

Good luck to you all and I hope to see progress reports from all parties fairly soon


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@hatschi

Quote:

@realize
Quote:
What we need to see is working prototype or all is talk and vapor..


Can't agree more. The whole news item could have been summarized in 1-2 sentences without skipping any content.

Quote:
After much development we are happy to report that version 1.4 of Amy'05 is nearly complete.


So after all still not even a prototype? Otherwise I am sure you would have shown us some photos. I see, you just announced them for the next announcement.


No offense, but I see a pattern here:

1) Announcement by a company
1a) Any number of people call for pictures. "It's vapor without it"
2) Company releases pictures
2a) Any number of people call for prototype hardware. "It's vapor without it".

Let's wait and see what 3) and 3a) will be.


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@Rogue

Quote:

1) Announcement by a company
1a) Any number of people call for pictures. "It's vapor without it"
2) Company releases pictures
2a) Any number of people call for prototype hardware. "It's vapor without it".


You forgot to add that almost the same people didn't consider the Dragon to be as "vapourish" just because you can see the same old questionable pictures on their website since years. People are funny sometimes.


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@Nibunnoichi:

And they even accept every word from a childish man's "blog" without questioning.

@Topic:

Nice to see some progress, but why are these pictures are cropped? What are they hiding?

I see: "but our NDA does not permit this. " -> NDA with whom? Aren't Troika is the owner of the board?

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I see: "but our NDA does not permit this. " -> NDA with whom? Aren't Troika is the owner of the board?


Read the news item again. It says that they have found another board to license... You know, like the A1 was a licensed design that already existed.

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@Troika

Thanks for the update. I might buy one at the next Big Bash !

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